Billions of people the world over are affected by acne, with more women than men affected. Still, people of all ages and sexes are affected by acne with anything from sporadic breakouts to chronic acne breakouts. When left untreated, acne can cause sore, unsightly breakouts on the face, back, chest and arms causing scarring on the affected areas. Unfortunately, many people still can’t seem to find a treatment for acne that actually works. Most of the chemical treatments and prescription drugs may not be as good to the skin as we would like to think. They contain harsh chemicals can have nasty side effects on the skin. If you are interested in more natural ways to get clearer skin, keep reading.
But don’t let your hopes dwindle away; as it turns out, there are natural essential oils that have been used for thousands of years with a proven track record to help with acne. Essential oils are a great option, because for one they are all natural, but also effective yet gentle on your skin. In fact, some essential oils (e.g.: tea tree oil) have been documented to be six times more effective than the compounds used in acne creams.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are naturally occurring oils typically extracted from plants through distillation, giving it its characteristic scent of the plant. They contain detoxifying, antiviral, antibacterial, stimulating, calming and antidepressant properties. Essential oils are gaining recognization these days as a safe, natural, and cost-effective therapy for a number of health concerns. Their benefits are vast and their uses range from aromatherapy, natural medicine treatments and personal beauty care.
Great Essential Oils for Acne
Here are our top 3 essential oils for reducing or treating general acne, pimples and clearing scars caused by acne.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a small native Australian tree. It has anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antimicrobial properties that make it effective in treating acne and reducing lesions on skin riddled with acne. Add 2–3 drops to a clean cotton ball and apply topically to the area of concern. You can also add it to your face or body and soak it in. Word of caution though, tea tree oil is toxic when taken by mouth.
Frankincense is extracted from the Olibanum tree and is a natural cytophylactic. Simply put, it is an anti-ageing essential oil that encourages new cell growth that helps combat aging. Frankincense’ anti-inflammatory and natural toner properties make it very effective in clearing scars, large pores or acne. Its anti-ageing qualities helps repair dry, chapped skin giving you radiant, youthful skin in days. Apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern. You can also add a few drops to base oil to your lotion before going to bed, and within a week you’ll definitely see a difference!
Psoriasis, eczema or rashes can zap the moisture off your skin causing it to be dry, flaky and start to crack and peel. Along with a seriously good smell, Sandalwood is particularly excellent at replenishing and hydrating your face. Sandalwood oil also acts as an emollient, smoothing skin, relieving any type of inflammation or breakout. Apply 2–3 drops topically to the area of concern. It is safe for direct application, but can also be combined with carrier oil such as jojoba.
We hope that this article gives you hope that your acne days are numbered. Do you have any experience with essential oils? We’d love to hear from you. Just use the comment box below! Until next time.